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Silot'ine: An Insurance Perspective on Northern Dene Kinship Networks in Recent History

Robert Jarvenpa
Journal of Anthropological Research
Vol. 60, No. 2 (Summer, 2004), pp. 153-178
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3630814
Page Count: 26
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Abstract

Fundamental patterns in residential groupings, marriage, kinship networks, and alliances are examined for Dene, or Chipewyan, Indian families who occupied winter staging and outpost communities during the 1920s to 1950s, the last decades that seasonal family nomadism and fur hunting were integrally linked as part of a bush economy in central subarctic Canada. Continuities and changes in these patterns are followed into the 1960s to 1990s, an era of accelerating settlement nucleation, service centralization, and wage labor. The role and meaning of personal bilateral kindreds (silot'ine) in these varying historical contexts are highlighted in this analysis. In turn, the Chipewyan experience is used to interpret the kindred in terms of risk-management, insurance, and related theoretical perspectives. Information derives from integrated ethnographic, ethnoarchaeological, and archival research conducted among the Keysehot'ine group of southern Chipewyan between the 1970s and 1990s.

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